US State Department: atmosphere of impunity reigns in Russia

This is stated in the annual report on the situation of human rights

The human rights situation in Russia continues to deteriorate. As in previous years, an atmosphere of impunity persists in the country – the government does not take adequate measures to bring to justice officials who commit crimes and abuse their power. This is stated in the annual report on the situation of human rights around the world, published on Wednesday on the website of the US Department of State..

US State Department: atmosphere of impunity reigns in Russia

In 2018, violations of civil rights were noted in almost all areas of the Russian state. The government actively intervened and tried to manipulate the electoral process during the presidential elections in March 2018, which were once again won by Vladimir Putin..
In Russia, the security forces are traditionally subordinate to the civilian authorities. The only exception to this rule is the Chechen Republic, where the security forces are accountable only to the head of the region, Ramzan Kadyrov. A significant proportion of all human rights violations in Russia are related to the events taking place in Chechnya.
The human rights situation is complicated by the ongoing occupation of Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, as well as support for separatists operating in eastern Ukraine. The Russian authorities continue to arm and train militants, provoke clashes between bandit formations and Ukrainian servicemen. In addition, arrests of Ukrainian citizens for political reasons continue on the territory of Russia. Many Ukrainians detained claim they are tortured during investigations.
In 2018, many crimes that violate human rights were committed on the territory of Russia.
Among the offenses noted are extrajudicial killings (including the killings of gays in Chechnya by local authorities), kidnapping by law enforcement agencies, which in some cases led to death and punitive psychiatric imprisonment, life-threatening conditions in prisons, illegal arrests and detentions, prosecution of people by for political reasons, brutal suppression of freedom of speech, violence against journalists, blocking and filtering of Internet content, restriction of freedom of religion and the right to participate in the political process, human trafficking.

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